Submitting an Article Online
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Commentaries are written by the contributing editors or other invited authors. In exceptional circumstances, the editors may consider unsolicited brief review articles or letters. Please contact the Editor prior to submission for approval.
Manuscript format will follow the ICJME Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals
. Article types
- Commentaries should reflect upon or critique a specific "happening" such as a release of a major study. The source article and comment should be of clinical interest to practitioners of pediatric neurology.
Please ensure that all of the following information is fully and correctly entered into the submission system database when making the original submission. This text should be correct for publication:
title; full author name(s); affiliation(s)*; contact email address
*(for affiliation, please include department, institution, city, country)
Author information (optional)
If you wish to provide a short biographical statement regarding the author(s), please provide this after the title page information. This will be removed during review to enure anonymity and placed before the references in the final publication
The brief abstract should contain the initial text of the commentary summarising the source article.
Please include a list of 3-6 key words after the abstract.
The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.
There is a summary of the source article followed by an expert commentary.
Any acknowledgements should be in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the reference list/bibliography.
All references cited within the submission should be listed at the end of the article. Full formatting details are given below.
Please ensure that your work is formatted to the journal style prior to publication. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts conform to the journal style. Failure to apply this formatting may result in delayed publication and additional rounds of revision.
Capitalisation of titles
- Capitalise all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinate conjunctions (i.e. as, because, although).
- Use lowercase for all articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions.
NOTE: Tier 1 subheads should follow the same rule as the titles. For lower-level subheads, only capitalise first letter (plus proper nouns). Language
- Slip-Sliding on a Yellow Brick Road: Stabilization Efforts in Afghanistan
- Globalisation with a Twist: Stability, Volatility and Fragility All in One
Articles must be submitted in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings and grammar as long as they are used consistently. Some of the key differences between English and American English include the following:
- Palaeo (UK) vs. Paleo (US)
- Archaeology (UK) vs. Archeology (US)
- Centre (UK) vs. Center (US)
- 13 January 2011 (UK) vs. January 13, 2011 (US)
Please note that when referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, you should always use the official, original spelling. For instance, it is World Health Organization,
not World Health Organisation.Grammar
As with language, American or English spelling and grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently. For instance, you may use a serial comma (red, white, and blue) or not (red, white and blue).Numbers
We are happy for authors to use either words or figures to represent large figures (i.e. one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent within an article. For numbers between zero and twelve we would recommend using words rather than figures, except for when it is a part of a dataset or presented in a table.
Symbols are permitted within the main text and datasets. For example, percentages (%) and per mil (‰) are allowed.Currencies
- Use £ for British Pound Sterling, € for Euro, e.g. £50, €100.
- Use US$, C$, NZ$, A$ to distinguish between the different dollar currencies.
Please use single quotation marks except for quotes within another speech, in which case double quotation marks are used.
Acronyms & Abbreviations
With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader – particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed – is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references. You do not need to spell out abbreviations for US, UK, EU, UN and DC, as in Washington, DC.
Images & Figures
Images/figures are welcome as long as they provide key information related to your submission. Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, you will be asked to re-render or omit it.
Please ensure that all figures are cited within the text, in consecutive order (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2).
NOTE: Please supply all figures separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS.
The same principles which apply to figures apply to tables. They should be necessary and should not repeat significant pieces of information already included in the text.
References are cited in the text in the order that they appear with numeral in parentheses. For example .
References cited within a submission must be listed at the end of the article in the order that they appear. All reading materials should be included in ‘References’ – works which have not been cited within the main text of the article, but which the author wishes to share with the reader, must be cited as additional information in endnotes explaining the relevance of the work. This will ensure that all works within the reference list are correctly cited within the text.
This journal uses the ICJME/NLM system. Please visit the NLM website for updated detailed instructions. See below for simple examples:
NOTE: If multiple authors, please list the first 6 names followed by et al.
NOTE: Please include DOIs for reference entries, where possible.
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.Journal articles:
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0006-8993(02)02445-9
However, if following this particular system presents real difficulties then please contact the editor so that we can consider your particular circumstances.
At this time, there is no Article Publication Charge (APC) or submission fee.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
- Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figure files are uploaded as supplementary files.
- Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
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